February 2013

Meeting Date: 
February 27, 2013

ACA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


SAC Ballroom


8:15   Breakfast and Social Time

Sponsored by Study Abroad (Thank you!)

8:30   Appreciating Campus Administrators:  Dr. Charles Roeckle, Deputy to the President

Dr. Roeckle has long been a supporter and advocate for advising at UT.  He discussed a little of the history of advising on our campus, his original role as a Student Dean/Advisor/Degree-Checker and the many initiatives he has been a part of that have impacted UT advising.

8:35   Update on 2012-2014 Core Science & Technology

Jen Morgan discussed some updates to the Science & Technology requirements for the core curriculum.  For the 2012-2014 Catalog, Physics and Physical Science are considered the same field of study and cannot be used to complete both Part I and Part II.  Additionally, NSC 306J & K are deemed similar to Physics and Physical Science and cannot be used in combination to complete both Part I and Part II.  See degree audit rule text and chart below for clarification:

Students who take the NSC306J and K sequence to complete Science and Technology Part I may not use physical science or physics coursework to satisfy Science and Technology Part II.  Students who use physical science or physics coursework to satisfy Science and Technology Part I may bot use NSC306J to complete Science and Technology Part II.

Physical Science 303 may not be counted with Physics 301, 302K, 303K, 309K, or 317K to complete Science and Technology Part I.  Physical Science 304 may not be counted with Physics 302L, 303L, 309L, 316, or 317L to complete Science and Technology Part I.  It is recommended that students complete one of the following pairs of courses:  Physics 301 & 316; 302K & 302L; 303K & 303L; 309K & 309L; or 317K & 317L; Physical Science 304 & 304

Allowable Sequencing:

Part I

Part II


Any course other than NSC306J, PS or PHY

NSC306J & K

Any course other than PS or PHY


8:44   Study Abroad

Heather Barclay Hamir and Rhonda Waller spoke about new initiatives Study Abroad is putting forth in order to give access to education abroad to all majors and all populations.  They are working toward 3 main goals:  to reduce real and perceived financial barriers, to reduce real and perceived academic barriers and to reduce real and perceived participation barriers in order to reach populations that are often under-represented in study abroad participation

The office is also mindful of the concept that study abroad can inhibit 4-year graduation rates and is working on programs to mitigate that impact.  Study Abroad has developed Curriculum Integration programs with several departments that outline a 4 year plan of study including a study abroad experience.  Brochures for students have been created and the office hopes to eventually develop Curriculum Integration for all majors on campus.  The database MyCA (My Credit Abroad) is another step toward reducing academic barriers.  This database contains courses through different programs abroad that have already been evaluated and certified to transfer as specific UT courses.  Students and advisors can use this tool to help plan courses to be taken abroad.

The Global Pathways program has been developed to further combat common myths about education abroad – that a student must be a junior, must already know the language, or must have a high GPA.  Global Pathways allows for all students in good standing to have access to a study abroad experience.

Scholarship initiatives have also been developed to support education abroad.  Planning scholarships are designed so students can use funds awarded within 2 years of the award, allowing students time to plan and determine the best program for them.  122 awards were given this year to students in their first 60 hours.  Global A$$ist helps students find scholarships for which they qualify.  Through this database, $900,000 in scholarship funds were warded in the 2011-2012 school year.

Finally, Study Abroad is increasing Outreach efforts and has already seen doubled student contact through presence at Summer Orientation, the Fall and Spring Study Abroad Fairs, presentations to FIGs and remote advising in Jester and CLA.

9:05   Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

Elizabeth Wilson came to address the resources CMHC has to offer both staff and students.  CMHC offers programs for students, staff and faculty to build awareness of suicide and its prevalence on college campuses.  She reported that half of university students have thought about suicide, 1 in 4 have seriously considered it and 1 in 10 have attempted suicide.

CMHC programs are designed to educate, reduce stigma, raise awareness and offer practice talking and asking about suicide through skill-building activities and role-plays.  Videos on the CMHC website, part of the together>alone initiative, are also used to encourage students to get involved in campus conversation.

Various resources are offered including:

9:25   Student Engagement in the Research University (SERU) Survey

Dr. Gale Stuart and Gina Gordon discussed the upcoming launch of the SERU survey, a survey to learn about students’ experiences in a large research university.  The SERU survey is specially designed for large research universities like UT and is more comprehensive than any other survey of its kind.  Interesting data has been pulled from the most recent survey and is already being considered in development of new programs and course design.

The survey will launch in March and all undergraduate students will be invited to take it.  In order for data to be relevant and complete, a large response is needed.  Dr. Stuart asks advisors to support the survey efforts by encouraging students to take it, passing out bookmarks and distributing emails.  There will be incentives offered to students who take the survey, including drawings for gift cards, items donated from Athletics and other items.  It should be noted that the survey is on the longer side, requiring approximately 30 minutes to complete, however students can save their progress and return to finish the survey later.

Results and a list of questions asked on the 2011 survey are available on the SERU site.  If the data you would like to access is narrower in focus, requests can be made to Dr. Stuart.

9:45   Announcements

Upcoming Meetings: 

  • March Meeting – Wednesday March 20 at 8:15am
  • April Meeting – Wednesday April 10 at 8:15am
  • May Meeting – Wednesday May 8 at 1pm!